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The Executive Leadership Program (ELP) is for any professional journalists interested in advancing their careers and developing the skills to achieve their professional and personal goals. ELP is a challenging, practical and life-changing experience.

This is not a business-as-usual program about how to become a better manager. It is a transformational experience program aimed at developing the next generation of diverse journalism leaders who can lead in uncertain times and build a sustainable future for journalism.

The program explores the responsibilities and challenges of a media workplace, how to lead in the changing landscape and how cultural values come into play. Experienced career coaches and senior news executives lead participants as they explore a variety of topics in a small, nurturing environment.

The trainings are highly-interactive and have participants engaged in timely discussions, such as: 

  • How do leadership styles across various cultures affect our work?
  • Deconstructing corporate culture to inform paths to success and overcoming barriers.
  • In what ways do my background and passion impact my work?
  • How does digital media impact the industry and what is my role in it?
  • How can I meaningfully contribute to the industry and my community?
  • What lessons can be learned from established and emerging media markets? 

Participants will also explore perspectives on and gain concrete approaches to:

  • Diversity and culture in the workplace
  • Leadership skills, styles, and opportunities 
  • Power, politics, and influence
  • Professional and career goal setting
  • Personal branding and confidence
  • Negotiation tactics and applications


Individuals with at least four to seven years of experience are encouraged to apply. Space is limited and applications are reviewed on a rotating basis until filled.


The 2023 ELP sessions will be held both in-person and virtually. Participants are required to attend all live and virtual sessions. They are also responsible for having all the technology needed to attend the virtual trainings, including a computer, webcam and a strong internet connection.
2023 Sessions (all times are for the eastern time zone)

In-person Opening Session: Thursday through Saturday, April 27-29, in Washington, D.C.
Virtual Sessions: May-July approximately half to one day every other week  5-8 hours. Times and dates TBD.  
In-person Closing Session: Saturday, July 22, during AAJA's National Convention in Washington, D.C. 


Tuition for ELP is $1,500 for AAJA members and $2,000 for non-members. It includes the costs of training materials, meals during in-person sessions and basic registration for the 2023 AAJA National Convention.

Applicants accepted to ELP must pay for the program by April 24. For those needing it, there will be an option to pay the tuition in two payments. Applicants who cancel their registration after April 24 will not receive a refund.
Those in need of financial assistance may reach out to their employers or local AAJA chapter leadership (AAJA members only).


You must be a professional journalist to apply for the program.
Fill out the application below for the U.S. ELP Cohort.

Applications are due by Wednesday, March 1 at 11:59 PM PT. Please note that space is very limited.

Attach the following documents to the form:

• A résumé or link to your LinkedIn profile
• A professional, color, high-resolution photo
• A letter of recommendation from a supervisor (OPTIONAL)
• A short 40-word biography

Contact AAJA HQ at https://www.aaja.org/about/contact/ with any questions.

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